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Old 06-14-2009, 11:23 PM
 
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Admiral Abramovich launches his £300million mega-yachtski: The world's biggest (and it even has its own submarine)

It is the biggest private yacht in existence and comes with a missile-detection system, two helipads, a luxury spa, swimming pool and a miniature submarine.
But when you're Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, only the most ostentatious displays of wealth will do.
His latest baby is the Eclipse, a 557-footer reported to have cost a staggering £300million.
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As it glided out of the Blohm & Voss shipyard, in Hamburg, Germany, it was so breathtaking that many stopped to watch, barely able to believe their eyes.
To keep the oligarch safe, the Eclipse has a military-grade missile defence system, armour-plating around Abramovich's master suite and bullet-proof windows.

[SIZE=3][/SIZE] Eyeing record: Roman Abramovich is building a yacht that will become the largest privately owned yacht in the world

There is also a private submarine, which doubles as an escape pod.
The project has been shrouded in such secrecy that at one point the shipbuilders would only say that a yacht called Eclipse was being built somewhere in Germany. Needless to say, they would not confirm who had bought it.
But there is little doubt that 40-year-old Abramovich who already owns four luxury vessels, is the proud owner.

According to industry experts, the Eclipse has been specifically designed to overshadow the world's current largest private yacht, a 525-footer owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
Abramovich's new toy is due to be delivered in 2010 and will join the rest of his fleet. None of his ships - the Pelorus (377ft), the Ecstasea ( 282ft) and the Sussurro (161ft) - are insubstantial but the Eclipse will dwarf them all.
The oil magnate, who is the 11th richest man in the world according to Forbes, uses his yachts for very specific purposes.
Originally built for a Saudi sheikh, the Pelorus is used for entertaining and boasts room for 22 guests and 40 staff. It has two helipads, an indoor pool and a steam room.

He uses the Ecstasea, which comes complete with Chinese-themed interior, for cruising and the Sussuro for short journeys and to loan to friends.

Annual overhead for the boats is more than £15million, and it costs him £73,000 just to fill up the tanks of his current largest boat, Pelorus.
The son of Jewish parents, Abramovich began his business career selling plastic ducks from a grim Moscow apartment but, within a few years, his vast wealth spread from oil conglomerates to pig farms.

Russia's richest man has flourished under president Vladimir Putin, with critics saying he used his government ties to take over former state-owned assests and reap the profits for personal use.

Outside of Russia, the 41-year-old is known as owner of the Chelsea Football Club. He is also known to entertain players and British financiers on his yachts.

Abramovich reportedly lost up to £13billion in the global financial crisis, but he was already in the process of having his biggest-ever yacht built
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:18 AM
 
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Too small.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:29 AM
 
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Nah, it does absolutely nothing for me actually. I find it really ugly, and rather vulgar. It looks a bit like a mixture of Navy destroyer and cruise ship to me. As someone who hates cruises and cruise-ships but loves sailing there is nothing like a Vintage Wooden Yacht. Elegant, Beautiful and full of character as well as way more fun to be on.

Money obviously does not buy you taste IMO.




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With the spare hundreds of millions of Dollars ( Abramovich's Yacht will cost you millions per year simply for upkeep) , I can also travel for the rest of my life in luxury, give a huge amount to charities and buy a few small-ish houses in France, Italy, California, New England , Scotland and still have plenty of cash left.
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:46 AM
 
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It's ostentatious. I wouldn't want it.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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It's ostentatious. I wouldn't want it.


Absolutely spot on. I find conspicuous consumption really quite obscene and this boat is a perfect example of everything I loathe about it. Showy, vulgar and completely un-necessary. It goes beyond luxury and comfort .

Class and Taste seem absent from many millionaires and billionaires lives.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:55 AM
 
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Nope. Put me in a fishing boat and Im one happy camper.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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If it can’t get off the water I wouldn’t want it.

This is more like it.


Cheers,
Aeroman (sailor of the sky)
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:11 AM
 
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If it can’t get off the water I wouldn’t want it.

This is more like it.


Cheers,
Aeroman (sailor of the sky)
Yep I would much rather have on of those than that monstrosity of a vessels Abromovich commissioned.
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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What a capitalist pig!
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:31 AM
 
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What a capitalist pig!
Who?
Roman Abramovich, Jimmy Buffett or me?



Cheers,
Aeroman

quote from Buffett - "If God had intended man to fly, he would've given him more money."

Last edited by Aeroman; 06-22-2009 at 08:40 AM..
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